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Face Masks at Home - Recipes

Updated on September 22, 2012

Homemade Mask Recipes

General rule for the face masks is to keep them on the face until they dry, and then wash them off. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes. Mask will have a better effect if you relax and do not talk.

About some of the ingredients used in face masks:

Clay: it will clean, tone, nourish and detoxify skin.

Spirulina: rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids will nourish and feed your skin.

Milk products: rich in lactic acid, will sooth the skin, even-out skin tone and re-texturize your skin, reducing wrinkles, blemishes and other skin imperfections. Sour milk products, such as kefir and yogurt work great to remove age spots.

Fruits and veggies: rich in minerals, vitamins, amino acids, alpha-hydroxy acids and other phytonutrients will nourish and feed the skin, erase wrinkles, and improve the complexion.

Honey: is useful for all skin types, since it has fungicidal properties it is very useful for acne and eczema prone skin. It is very moisturizing and nourishing.

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My favorite skin mask:
1 Tbs of kefir (or plain probiotic yogurt)

1 Tbs ground oatmeal

1 tsp of honey

Why I like it so much? Because kefir's acidity and probiotics balance pH of my skin, lactic acid helps to slough of dead skin cells, and to regenerate the skin.

Oatmeal and honey help to reduce any inflammation on my skin and are very soothing and healing.

Also, this mask if very simple to make.

Basic clay mask:

1 Tbs of cosmetic clay

enough liquid to make a smooth paste

Add water for oily skin

Milk for normal skin

Cream for dry skin

To revitalize skin:

1 Tbs spirulina powder

2 Tbs white clay

2 Tbs of fresh carrot juice

Healing mask for acne prone skin:

1 Tbs of fresh chopped plantain herb

2 Tbs of clay

enough liquid from the basic clay mask recipe to make the paste.


Avocado masks:

For dry skin: mash the flesh of very ripe avocado and apply to skin

leave on for 30 mins, rinse off.

For aging and combination skin:

1/2 mashed avocado,

1 lightly beaten egg yolk

1 Tbs of honey. If mixture is too runny, add enough ground oatmeal or clay to make the mask spreadable.

Grape mask all skin types:

Crush a few grapes and apply the juice to the face using cotton balls. Remove any residue after 20 minutes with rose water.

Strawberry mask all skin types:

Apply a few crushed strawberries to the skin and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off.

Lemon mask for oily skin:

1 tsp of lemon juice mixed with 1 stiffly beaten egg white. Leave on for 10 mins and rinse off.

Brewer's yeast mask for normal and oily skin:

1 Tbs of brewer's years

1 Tbs of milk


Honey masks

For dry skin:

1 tsp of honey

1 tsp of olive, grape seed or almond oil

2 Tbs of plain yogurt

For normal skin:

1 oz of yogurt

1/2 Tbs of fresh carrot juice

1/2 Tbs of honey

enough clay or ground oatmeal to thicken the mask

For oily, or inflamed sensitive skin:

1 Tbs of cucumber juice

1 Tbs of honey

1 Tbs of fresh whole milk

1 Tbs of ground oatmeal

apply and leave on for 20 mins.

Pore minimizing mask:

2 Tbs of freshly mashed papaya

1/2 tsp of fresh pineapple juice


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    • MargaritaEden profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Oregon

      Angela Kane, I totally agree with you, thank you so much for your feedback :)

    • MargaritaEden profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Oregon

      Kris Heeter, I am glad you liked the recipes, please enjoy :)

    • MargaritaEden profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Oregon

      StephSev108, thank you for your feedback, glad you stopped by and read my hub :)

    • MargaritaEden profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Oregon

      KerryAnita, thank you for commenting :), I can assure you that you will love how these face masks make your skin feel, good luck!

    • MargaritaEden profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Oregon

      healthylife2, thank you so much for your feedback and for sharing!

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      Angela Kane 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Voted up and useful. I have recently heard you should never put anything on your body that you cannot put in your body or eat. I have found that natural home remedies for the skin and hair work the best.

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      Kris Heeter 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Wow, so many options to choose from. I've never made one but may have to give one or two of these a try for fun. Cool hub!

    • StephSev108 profile image

      Stephanie Marie Severson 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I love this hub! Thanks for sharing.

    • KerryAnita profile image


      6 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

      Great Hub! Love that these are all natural and that you have a variety of different suggestions and recipes. I will definitely try some of these!

    • healthylife2 profile image

      Healthy Life 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I love these suggestions because they are all natural. I can't wait to try them since I haven't done a mask in a long time. Voted up and shared!

    • MargaritaEden profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Oregon

      Shelley, thank you so much for voting and sharing, I appreciate your input :)))!

    • MargaritaEden profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Oregon

      Vespawoolf, I agree with you homemade masks do work so much better with all of the active ingredients. Thank you for your feedback!

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      Shelley Watson 

      6 years ago

      I fantastic collection, that must be shared and voted up and across. Thanks for these great recipes.

    • vespawoolf profile image


      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      I also love the yogurt, honey and oatmeal mask. I grind the oatmeal up in the blender so it stays on better. I'm going to try the one for sensitive skin with cucumber. I find homemade masks work so much better than anything else. What a great collection of recipes! Thank you so much.

    • MargaritaEden profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Bill :) you too have a great one!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wonderful ideas Margarita! Passing this on to Bev! Have a great weekend!

    • MargaritaEden profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you for your feedback Mhatter99 :)

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this informative article.


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